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19 January 2010

The staggering scope of Haiti’s nightmare came into sharper focus yesterday as authorities estimated 200,000 dead and 1.5 million homeless in the heart of this luckless land (..) The delays aren’t “so much about food supplies as logistics,’’ said Brian Feagans, a spokesman for the aid group CARE. The priorities are clearing roads, ensuring security at UN food distribution points, getting this city’s seaport working again, and bringing in more trucks and helicopters, WFP executive director Josette Sheeran said in Rome.


19 January 2010

David Orr, of the World Food Programme, told Jon Snow: “We’re not just using this airport to bring in assets. “We’re bringing in food supplies by road along the humanitarian corridor from the Dominican Republic. Also by sea.” “So we’re moving huge resources from a number of different directions, at top speed.” He went on: “We’re targeting a total of 2 million (people in need) – that’s our estimate.


19 January 2010

International aid is not about making miracles happen. It is about the attempted delivery of life-saving and livelihood-restoring assistance to people in dire conditions, in ways that are equitable, impartial and according to needs. The international humanitarian system does this job reasonably well, and is slowly getting better, as a forthcoming ALNAP report, The State of the Humanitarian System, highlights.


18 January 2010

Food rations provided by the United Nations and humanitarian organizations reached Challe, a camp for 10,000 displaced Haitian people, for the first time as relief supplies began to trickle in to those in need. (..) The supplies were brought in by the World Food Program (WFP) on a truck accompanied by Argentine soldiers that form part of UN forces deployed here. (..)"This is the first time food is being distributed in this camp that houses 10,000 people," explained Josephine Florent, who sported a white T-shirt emblazoned with a WFP logo, as she distributed the biscuits.


18 January 2010

The immense scale of the earthquake devastation outside Haiti's capital, Port-au-Prince, is becoming clearer. (..)"It's the very epicentre of the earthquake, and many, many thousands are dead," said World Food Program (WFP) spokesman David Orr. "Nearly every house was destroyed here. The military are talking about 20,000 to 30,000 dead," he said.


18 January 2010

Haitians bereft of homes and loved ones held Sunday prayers in the streets of their earthquake-ravaged capital while rescue workers continued digging in the ruins for something like a miracle. (..) The U.N. peacekeeping mission, the World Food Program, Oxfam and International Committee of the Red Cross were all more visible than they had been in recent days.


18 January 2010

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon made an emotional visit to the Haiti peacekeeping mission's devastated headquarters Sunday and delivered a message of hope to the country's earthquake victims (..). The U.N. World Food Program plans to start feeding 1 million people in two weeks and 2 million people in one month, the secretary-general said. WFP spokesman David Orr said the agency hoped to reach more than 60,000 Sunday.


18 January 2010

The European Union on Monday played down suggestions of a rift with the US over the distribution of emergency humanitarian aid in Haiti (..). Josette Sheeran, the WFP director, said this system had been used for previous emergencies and would “ensure the prioritisation of humanitarian work”. She added that a senior WFP logistics officer had been sent to the airport to make sure “the prioritisation is there”. Ms Sheeran said there had been a “dramatic improvement” in the “flow of goods coming in”.


17 January 2010

International aid workers are scrambling to rebuild communications in Haiti following the devastating Jan. 12 earthquake, while people outside the country are using high-tech means to raise money for relief.
The quake, which leveled much of the capital city, Port-au-Prince, also cut off many forms of communication in the country, according to an eyewitness report provided to IDG News Service by the United Nations Foundation on Friday. That organization, along with the World Food Program (WFP), Telecoms Sans Frontiers and other organizations, are bringing in new equipment to reconnect citizens and aid workers with the rest of the world.


15 January 2010

Wyclef Jean, the hip-hop singer, has become the celebrity face of the Haitian earthquake appeal (..). He has also worked with the United Nations World Food Programme (..).